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Philip E. Young passed away unexpectedly on July 13 at age 82. He was born in New York in 1940 to Lyle and Mary Young. He was the youngest of three siblings and is predeceased by his brother Robert and survived by his sister Sally. Phil leaves behind his loving wife of 49 years, Lorraine, and his daughter, Jessie, who adored him.

Phil was a graduate of Johnson City High School, he went on to study teaching at SUNY, Buffalo and earned his graduate degree in teaching from Wisconsin State University. After graduating, Phil lead student groups for the School for International Living, extensively traveling the globe. He taught painting and drawing for over thirty years at Burlington High School, and served as chair of the art department until his retirement.


Following his retirement, Phil supervised student teachers for The Museum School and Tufts University, and exhibited his paintings around the New England area.


He also enjoyed many years of travel, voracious reading, following the exploits of British royalty, and eating lots of good food with his wife and daughter whom he loved with all his heart.

Phil Young Abstract Artist

In Phil's own words:


Philip Young has long been intrigued with landscape forms. Moving to New England from the Southern Tier of New York State brought coastal forms more directly into his life. Studying art and art history at the University of Siena in Italy while in college and many extended travels over the years also contributed to his view of the landscape as subject matter.


The ocean was not part of his growing up and discovering it as a young adult made a memorable impact on him.  Retirement from a long career in art education finally gave him the time to get back to painting and exploring color and form on canvas.

He loves to explore the richness and vibrancy of color, to discover the way new paint overlaps existing color, creating exciting new color relationships. As Phil explores color, he much prefers a color against another color, a shape against another shape, and a dark against a light. He is a colorist and his work is more impressionistic and abstract than representational.

He loves the process of painting, the experience of placing paint on the canvas and the solving of compositional and color problems. The risk-taking, that real possibility of losing a precious part of the composition is often daunting but ultimately rewarding and is a large component of all his paintings.


When it all comes together he finds it exhilarating.


His heroes? He especially worships Richard Diebenkorn, Fairfield Porter and the Italian painter Afro Basaldella, (1912-1976) usually known by just his first name.


    B.S. Art Education, SUNY Buffalo, 1962

    M.S. Art Studio Art (painting), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1967

        Additional coursework, Mass Art, Northeastern

Professional Experience

    Art Teacher        Union-Endicott High School, Endicott, N.Y. 1962-1966

    Escort Officer   U.S. State Dept/ Experiment In International Living – East Asian, Pacific Rim Student Groups, 1967-69

    Art teacher        Burlington High School, Burlington, MA, 1969-2002

                Chairman, Art Dept. Burlington High School, 1984-2002

    Supervisor, student teachers: Tufts/SMFA, 2003-2018

Professional Affiliations

    Burlington Educators Association

    National Education Association

          Presenter, NAEA national conference, 1989,1993,1995,1997    

    Massachusetts Art Education Association

    Massachusetts Directors of Art Education

          Vice-President, 1990-91

          President, 1991-1993

    Arlington Center For The Arts, Board of Directors, 1997-2005

    Massachusetts Art All-State Festival 

          1988-2002 - Steering Committee member, candidate interviewer, interview site co-ordinator    

    Member, Advisory Board, Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards, 1990-2013

    Member: Cambridge Art Association, Concord Art Association, 

    Attleboro Arts Museum, Danforth Museum, Rocky Neck Art Colony


    Art Administrator of the Year, Massachusetts Art Education Association,  2002

    Distinguished Teacher (co-recipient) Mass College of Art, 2002

Recent Exhibitions 

    BLUE, Cambridge Art Ass., juror: Jen Mergel, Curator, ICA, Boston, 2008              

    Stratum, Cambridge Art Association, juror: Camilo Alvarez, Owner-Samson Projects, Boston, 2009

     Images of Arlington-Green, Gibbs Gallery, Arlington Center For the Arts, 2009

     Family, Arlington Town Hall Gallery, 2009

     10th Annual Frances N. Roddy Open Competition, juried by Charles Movalli,

     Concord Art Association, 2009


Voyages of the Mind, Body and Soul, Cambridge Art Association, juried by 

James Hull, 2010 

Fall Salon Show, Cambridge Art Association, 2010

 BLUE, Cambridge Art Association, juried by Susan Vrotsos

 and Amy Ford, 2010

Media, Materials & Meaning, Cambridge Art Association, juried by Marjorie Kaye, Galatea Fine Art, 2011

    Fall Salon Show,  Cambridge Art Association, 2011

     Mass Art Educators Exhibit, Transportation Building, 2012

    Exquisite Resistance, Small Group Show, University Place Gallery, Cambridge 

Art Association, 2012

One Man Show, University Place Management Office, Cambridge Art    

     Association,  2012

Fall Salon Show, Cambridge Art Association, 2012

Open Studios Exhibit, Gibbs Gallery, Arlington Center For the Arts, 2012

Recycle, Cambridge Art Association, Juried by Susan Nielsen, farm project

space + gallery, Wellfleet, MA 2013 

    Mass Art Educators Exhibit, Transportation Building, 2013 

Members Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, juried by 

Kate McNamara, Director & Chief Curator, Boston University Art Gallery, 2013

    Mined Over Matter, Small Group Show, Cambridge Art Association, 2013

    Refused, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association, 2013 

    Legacy Exhibition, Ames Estate, North Easton, MA, juried by Mim Fawcett, 

Executive Director, Attleboro Arts Museum, 2014

 Members’ Prize Show. Cambridge Art Association, juried by Al 

Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2014

Platinum, Cambridge Art Association, juried by Alise Upitis, MIT List Art 

Center, Asst. Curator, 2014

    Members Juried 1, Concord Art Association, juried by Mary Tinti,

        curator, Fitchburg Art Museum, 2015

    Paint, Cambridge Art Association, juried by Ali Ringenburg,

        owner /director Sloane Merrill Gallery, Boston, 2015

    Perfect Storm, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA, juried by

        Leonie Bradbury, curator Montserrat College of Art galleries, 2015

Printed, Painted, Folded, Torn, Paperwork, Rocky 

    Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, Ma, juried by Katherine French, 2015

14 National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, honoring the vision of 

Michael Rush, late director of the Broad Art Museum, Michigan State 

University—work selected by Caitlin Doherty, curator at Broad Art 

Museum, 2015

    Possessions, Prized and Otherwise, Attleboro Arts Museum, juried by Nancy 

and Lucy Grogan of Grogan and Co., Fine Art Auctioneers of Boston, 2015


Family Show, work of Jessica S. Young, Lorraine Sullivan, Philip Young; 

Transportation Building, Boston, 2015

Fall Salon Show, Cambridge Art Association, 2015 

Selfish, Cambridge Art Association, Juried by Catherine Kehoe, 2016

Winterbreak, Cambridge Art Association, 2016

8 Visions, work from 8 juried Attleboro Arts Museum member artists; 

(Elena Bachrach, Executive Director, Newburyport Art Association and Matthew Swift, owner and director, Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA 2016

New England Collective VII, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, juried by Julie  

Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston, 2016

    Fall Salon Show, Cambridge Art Association, 2016

    Ideas Of Home, Cambridge Art Association, 2017

Members Juries 2, Concord Art Association, juried by Randi 

Hopkins, Director of Visual Arts at Boston Center 

For the Arts, 2017

    Fall Salon Show, Cambridge Art Association, 2017

BLUE, Cambridge Art Association, juried by Vera Ingrid Grant, director 

of Ethelbert Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, 2017

Member’s Juried 2, Concord Art Association. Juried by Abigail Ogilvy, Director, 

    Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston, 2018

New England Collective IX, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, juried by Marni 

Elyse Katz, 2018

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